Not everyone has what it takes to be a Chess Wizard. Our instructors are an eclectic group from many different professions and backgrounds who all combine four important qualities: a love and skill for the game of chess, a great ability to communicate, a passion for teaching, and the ability to use these qualities to create a fun and challenging learning environment for our students!
The Chess Wizards selection process for new teachers requires each applicant to go through two difficult interviews and a fingerprinted background check before they move on their actual training. These Wizards-To-Be then observe classes taught by Senior Wizards and are encouraged to participate and interact with the students until they get a feeling for the flow and structure of the class.During this period the new Wizards are themselves observed by the Senior Wizards, who report back to us on the Trainees style, personality, and interaction with our students. Once the Trainee feels he or she is ready, they are invited to teach their own lesson in front of a group of actual students with the Senior Wizards supervision. No Trainee is given the title of “Wizard” unless all of the kids love their lesson! For their first session, the new Wizard will still be paired with a Senior Wizard, and will continue to receive training throughout the session on how to be the best Wizard they can be.